Dear neighbors, friends, co-workers and other well-meaning holiday-spirited individuals,
Please stop bringing me unhealthy Christmas cookies. It’s not that I’m not grateful for your thoughtfulness, because I truly am. And it’s not that I don’t love sweets, because, ask anyone who knows me, I do. But here’s the thing: I don’t want them. I know the sugar and gingerbread cookies look really cute decorated with the multiple hues of icing, red and green trim and sprinkles, but can we be honest here? Rarely do they taste good. In addition, with all of the other sweets and treats we are surrounded with this time of year, I don’t really want any more unhealthy foods put in front of me.
Like I said, I appreciate your thoughtfulness and I can only imagine how much work it takes to bake all of these cookies, but if you’re going to go to so much trouble, might I be so bold as to suggest a few alternatives? Perhaps I speak on behalf of the rest of the company or neighborhood, or maybe it’s just me. Either way, if you still want to take time in the kitchen to make something, here’s what I would really love to receive:
Soup. Making a big pot of soup is probably simpler than baking so many cookies. You can easily give a small bowl to a lot of people. Plus, it can be a lot healthier. Just the thought of some hot veggie soup right now is really appealing.
Warm bread. Making small loaves of whole wheat or honey oat bread can be really simple and healthy too. Plus, you get the nostalgic and satisfying smell of bread baking in your oven!
Homemade jam. If you want to get creative with some seasonal fruits, how about a small jar of homemade jam? Or applesauce? Or cranberry chutney?
Fresh oranges. I live in Florida, so picking a few oranges or grapefruits from your tree would be an awesome gift.
Nothing. Really, none of these gifts is necessary. What I’d really love is just to spend time with you–perhaps a nice glass of wine on the porch one evening?